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Acquisition improves contractor’s fortunes

Since JSE-listed electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Instrumentation & Electrical was bought by engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services, in April, B&W, has recorded a “phenomenal” turnaround. “Since the acquisition, which was only finalised on April 22, we have received... 

Company launches smartphone-enabled time switch system

By: Ilan Solomons Mining and other industry-focused companies can now use smartphones to switch an electricity load on or off by calling or sending SMSs to the SAGITECH GSM switch, a new remote-controlled time switch for automation and load management that was launched by Midrand-based technology innovation... 

Company launches smartphone-enabled time switch system
SAGITECH GSM TIME SWITCH The SAGITECH time switch is accompanied by a cellphone application, which can be programmed to automatically and remotely activate the system

Manufacturer aims to attract business in mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons Local instrumentation and control manufacturer FM Control Panels & Engineering showcased several of its products, including generator panels and extruder panels, at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place in Johannesburg last month. Speaking to Mining Weekly on the sidelines of the... 

Manufacturer aims  to attract business  in mining sector
FIELD-PROVEN FM Control Panels & Engineering supplied three pumpstation panels to a water-pumping project, in Mozambique, last year

Mining instrumentation range expanded

By: Ilan Solomons Electronic equipment and applications solutions provider Concilium Technologies has expanded its range of process industry-specific handheld instruments, including new instruments for thermal imaging and accurate high-resolution identification of hotspots such as insulation testers and a remote... 

Mining instrumentation range expanded
TRUE IR THERMAL IMAGER The True IR series thermal imager provides 320 X 240 pixels from a 160 X 120 pixels detector, with four times more fine resolution

Process control company hones in on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons The African mining industry is becoming an increasingly important market for process control instrumentation and industrial electronics supplier Instrotech, a member of local technology group Comtest, with the company expanding its footprint on the continent, particularly in Zambia, says... 

Process control company hones in on Africa
INSTRUMENTS FOR AFRICA Instrotech is increasing sales in African countries such as Zambia Mozambique, Botswana and Kenya

System integrator assists several African mines

By: Ilan Solomons Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s Ampla system integrator is assisting mines throughout Africa in improving their production and operational efficiencies, says the company’s mining, minerals and metals Africa cluster VP Wilhelm Swart. Ampla is a mining production asset... 

System integrator assists  several African mines
HUSAB URANIUM MINE Schneider Electric was awarded a contract in August to provide Swakop Uranium’s Namibia-based Husab uranium mine with the Ampla solution

Software assists in reducing mining costs

By: Anine Vermeulen Digital solutions provider specialising in website-content management systems Flux reports that it has launched the MobiFlow flexible software system to assist mining operations with safety and training, vehicle inspections and production data. The locally developed technology has been used by... 

Spotlight on short-term surface mine production scheduling

By: Anine Vermeulen To highlight the importance of short-term surface mine production scheduling in the mining industry, three-dimensional design software developer Dassault Systèmes held a presentation at the Mine Planning South Africa Conference last month. 

Operations management software provider assists with large-scale Scada migration

Real-time operations management software provider Wonderware Invensys has successfully facilitated the replacement of platinum miner Lonmin’s vast supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system with a modern, supported solution that will allow Lonmin to continue defining, deploying and... 

Rugged PC to drive adoption of technologically advanced mining tools

By: Samantha Moolman Texas-based product innovator Xplore Technologies (Xplore) has supplied mining software provider Minlog Australia with a solution to meet the demand for mobile devices capable of operating software in extreme and challenging conditions, which Minlog believes will help advance the development of... 

Benefits of custom software acknowledged

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Mining houses are realising the benefits of custom software, and now regard this as a real alternative when generic software packages cannot offer a good fit, software development company Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti tells Mining Weekly. 

New wireless control system to boost efficiency

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Wireless solutions provider Comsol started the R2-million installation of its new wireless multiservice wide-area network (WAN) solution at ferrochrome producer Samancor Chrome’s project sites, in Mpumalanga and the North West, in September. 

Potential for remote control systems and automation in Africa

By: Idéle Esterhuizen South African and African mining operations hold significant potential for remote control systems and automation, says Engineering firm DRA Mineral Projects instrumentation manager Alan Strydom. 

Spectrometer to assist in exploration

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Stellenbosch University’s (SU’s) new Thermo Element 2 high-resolution sector field, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) equipment will assist local mining houses in exploration projects, says ICP-MS facility manager Professor Dirk Frei. 

Switchgear facility to open gates to mining sector

By: Idéle Esterhuizen US industrial group General Electric (GE) expects the R10-million expansion of its energy division GE Energy’s low-voltage switchgear manufacturing centre to create the platform the company needs to extend its offering into the mining arena. 

Four mine control systems upgraded

By: Schalk Burger Automation and control specialist company Systems Automation & Management (SAM) has upgraded the old instrumentation and control systems at several coal mines, as well as at a rapid load-out station, owned by global diversified miner Anglo American’s (Anglo’s) coal arm AmCoal, in South Africa. 

Gold recovery operations improved by new control systems

Electrical and automation equipment supplier Elquip Solutions has been contracted to install electronic equipment manufacturer Hitachi’s EH 150 programmable logic controller (PLC) and the EHV central processing unit (CPU) which are being installed at mining junior DRDGold’s Ergo mine, at... 

New-generation vibration sensors produced

By: Schalk Burger A new generation of piezoelectric vibration sensors, produced by vibration analysis hardware company Connection Technology Center, are highly robust and come with a lifelong guarantee. 

System keeps old settings during upgrades

By: Schalk Burger Automation and control specialist company Systems Automation & Management (SAM) has developed a system that enables the installation of new control equipment on old systems while integrating the input and output logs of the old equipment to maintain plant production values, says SAM MD... 

Vibration monitoring improves safety, 
supervision

By: Schalk Burger The monitoring and management of large rotating parts of machines can pose health and safety risks because measurements are taken close to the moving parts, while production losses and equipment damage from intermittent or incomplete supervision can be costly, says vibration monitoring solutions... 

Wi-Fi system launched

Mining electronics company Becker Electronics new wireless Router Access Point (WRAP) provides a high speed Wi-Fi backbone for underground wireless Voice-over-Internet Protocol, seamless roaming of devices, advanced vehicular dispatch systems and process automation, says Becker Electronics MD... 

Control equipment supplier introduces EZ intelligent relay

By: Jacqueline Holman Specialist supplier of control equipment CHI Control has introduced the latest Eaton EZD intelligent relay, equipped with a multifunction display that offers powerful visualisation functions and improved networking capability to its existing EZ range of offerings. 

E&I contractor develops Profibus capability for instrumentation and control work

JSE-listed electrical and instrumentation contractors B&W Instrumentation and Electrical has, through a focused education and training programme, increased its Profibus capacity. 

Engineering firm introduces WiFi underground system 

By: Jacqueline Holman Diversified engineering service provider Becker Electronics has introduced its in-house manufactured industrialised Wrap 200 WiFi underground systems to its range of products. 

Technology company expands its range of electrolysers

By: Jacqueline Holman Industrial technology and solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS) has expanded its range of electrolysers to include smaller units. 

Worldwide drive towards increased mine efficiency

By: Jacqueline Holman There has been a big drive worldwide to increase the efficiency of mining processes, says industrial instruments manufacturer Yokogawa mining business development manager Paulo de Sousa Gomes. 

Inner engine eye

International petroleum company Shell has introduced VideoCheck, a digital inspection apparatus that allows one to conduct a visual inspection of the surfaces of components that are difficult to access inside machinery. 

Level detection technology opens up a new dimension

By: Darren Parker Instrumentation manufacturer and supplier Allpronix has introduced the APM 3DLevelScanner into South Africa, after several hundred units have already been installed for a wide range of applications in European markets. 

Sludge level analyser undergoes trial period

By: Darren Parker An automatic sludge level and effluent turbidity analyser has been installed at gold miner Gold Fields’ Kloof gold mine for a three-month trial basis and has proven to be an “invaluable” asset to the mine’s milling operations, says Kloof mine official Gerald Solai. 

Underground communication tools enhance safety

Specialist in underground communication systems and controls, Becker Electronics supplies mines with a wide range of tagging and tracking equipment, as well as personnel avoidance and detection systems, which significantly enhances safety for miners. 

Automation product supplier receives local distribution agreement

South African importer and distributor of high-end automation products and capital equipment, Elquip Solutions, has become the South African distributor for Italian producer of starters for the control of electrical motors and systems, ELM's range of soft starters. 

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